Viola Beach claim posthumous Number One album

The band and their manager tragically lost their lives in a car accident in Sweden earlier this year

Viola Beach have gone to Number One in the Official UK Albums Chart with their posthumous self-titled debut album.

The band and their manager Craig Tarry tragically lost their lives in a car accident in Sweden earlier this year.

The families and friends of the group released a collection of their songs last week (July 29) and have reacted to it hitting the top spot by saying “the public have sent out an important message to the world”.

“The tragedy that ended Craig, Jack, Kris, River & Tom’s lives in Sweden and the pain and sense of loss will never leave us,” they said in a statement. By sending the Viola Beach album to number 1 the public have sent out an important message to the world.

“The tragic circumstance that met Viola Beach and their manager Craig that fateful night in Sweden will not now define their lives. What will now define their lives and what they will be remembered for, forever, is the music they were so passionate about making together.

“For that, we will be eternally humbled and ever thankful to every single person who by buying this glorious album has invested in their lasting musical legacy. The pain will never leave us but neither will the affection shown by every fan. Maybe one day that affection will live longer in the memory than the pain.

“So from us all, a simple but heartfelt ‘thank you’.”

The Official Charts Company have produced a special Number One trophy for each of the band’s members and Tarry to commemorate the release.

Martin Talbot, the Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company said: “It is hard to think of an album which more people were rooting for than the Viola Beach release – nor a success which has felt so bitter-sweet. We (and the wider music community) are delighted that it has taken the number 1 spot – but it is an awful tragedy that Jack, Kris, River, Tomas and Craig are not here to see themselves take a place in the annals of British music.”

Viola Beach top the charts ahead of ELO, Christine & The Queens, Drake and Adele.